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here is what we are working on this morning. protests important and against islamic center and mosque near ground zero ve been passionate and emotional. imam who will run the place speaks out. angelina jolie wants you to know how much people in pakistan are suffering right now. she talked to our sanjay gupta. apparently money can buy happiness despite the old saying. the going rate, a new study says only 75 grand. 6:00 a.m. in the west. i'm krya phillips. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." in all the controversy over the islamic center and mosque from ground zero, we haven't heard much from imam who will be in charge of the place. he's really opening up. imam feisal abdul rauf wrote a guest editorial important "the new york times." he said the project will go forward, that it will have separate prayer areas for muslims, christians, jews and others and this is what he writes about the inflammatory --
well, about the inflammatory rhetoric of the last few weeks. he says, quote, these efforts by radicals that distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of americans worldwide. this is why americans must not back away from completion of this project. if we do, we cede the discourse and our future to radicals on boefr sides. he goes on to say the wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build the community center from across the social, religious and political persecuting americans for their faith. imam just returned from a state responsible tored trip from the middle least promoting muslim relations. he has been running a block ten grounds from ground zero and preaching tolerance for 30 years. >> reporter: have you never heard him speak, this is what
imam feisal abdul rauf has to s say. >> we should worship one god, love and adore the one god. >> reporter: people who know im imamfeisal, the developer of the controversial islamic center near ground zero. >> he is somebody that sacrificed his life to building bridges within communities. >> reporter: islamic scholar and university professor john esposi esposito. how would you describe him? is he a threat? >> feisal is from my point of view, he is mr. mellow. >> reporter: he approaches islam spiritually and he has a background one perceives a more
kind of spiritual, mystical path. he is somebody that would find terrorism and religious extremism as abhorrent. he's run a mosque in this area for years and years. >> reporter: that mosque is ten blocks from ground zero and coexisted peacefully in the tribeca neighborhood for 28 years. >> he's integrated himself into the community. >> reporter: according to his biography, imam feisal abdul rauf was born in kuwait in 1948 into an egyptian family steeped in religious scholarship. in 1997, he founded the nonprofit american society for muslim advancement. its mission described on its website as strengthening an authentic expression of islam based on cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration, youth and women's empowerment. several years later, rauf founded a institute to improve relations between the muslim world and the west.
writing how american muslims can help bridge the divide. the state department noticed, sending him as a cultural ambassador on four trips to the middle east. most recently this summer. >> they tried to get people who reflect the best aspects of american society. >> reporter: rauf is often asked to speak at meetings. he was criticized after 9/11 for saying u.s. supported repressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks. maintained his remarks on "60 minutes" had been taken out of context. rauf supports israel's right to exist but says as a bridge builder he can't condemn radical palestinian group hamas as terrorists. as for the islamic center near ground zero, he says that, too, is about bridges. >> this is also hour expression of the 99.9% of muslims all over the world, including americans, who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism.
this is about our stand as the muslim community, part of this community. >> reporter: right now this moderate muslim cleric finds him self at the eye of a storm. >> imam feisal abdul rauf will answer more questions tonight at 9:00 eastern on layer lay. rauf will talk with soledad o'brien. you won't see it anywhere else. that's tonight at 9:00 eastern. later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump starting the anemic economy at $350 billion. the price tag is staggering and earning comparisons to the stimulus package. chief business correspondent ali velshi here to try to break it down for us. tell us -- walk us through and tell us what the proposal is supposed to do. >> the president has come out with $350 billion worth of stuff. some people calm it stimulus. i'm on the side of not calling it stimulus.
let me show you what it is about. he started earlier this week with $50 billion proposal. which is the most liked stimulus. it is meant to pay for new roads, new runways at airports, air traffic control stuff. high-speed rail. stuff we think of as infrastructure building that needs to be done and isn't getting done. you might almost think of that as a down payment. it is going to take more than $50 billion the president wants to do. that's the $50 billion. then the president moves on to $100 billion for -- a tax credit that already exists. the $100 sbl to expand the tax credit for businesses that engage in research and development. again, this is one of those areas america continues to excel and this is a tax credit to say that if you invent things and develop things, you will be able to do so without paying all the taxes that you normally would for running a business. today the president is going to introduce $200 billion saving and this is, again, a tax credit for companies that invest in
physical plant building things and equipment. the idea is that if you build things that creates jobs. if you invest in equipment that means you are going to need people to run it. the concept as opposed to the $50 billion which is true government funded projects, these ones suggest that independent companies should be spending that money and there is a reward for doing it. it is a great attack on those would say this is an administration anti-business because out $350 billion of initiatives this week, $200 billion are tax breaks of sorts. the issue is politically it is not likely to fly at this point with two months to go before mid terms. there is not much appetite for government doing a whole lot. >> also critics say the first sometime us will plan failed. what is this, how will this be any different? >> this is more targeted. that $100 billion for research much and development, $200 billion for plant and equipment, that's very specific. in other words, you don't get that unless you spend some money. unless you engage in research
and development you don't get the tax credit. unless you buy equipment or build a plant, you don't get the other stuff. think about it more along the lines of cash for clunkers or the $8,000 home buyer tax credit. we will give you free money if you put your own money into doing something first. it is a little more targeted and a little more specific than the original stimulus bill from last year. that's the argument. another criticism, though, by the president's opponents, this is such a big idea, why are you doing it now with two months to go before midterm election? this is not the kind of stuff -- money that goes out immediately and stuff that goes out next year or the year after. the effect may not be felt immediately. just may provide confidence that there is a reason to invest my money now. >> we need that. that's for sure. thanks, ali. president obama unveils his plan on the road in hopes of winning the confidence of voters. less than two months before the midterm elections. the cnn election express team is talking to the voters today in
kentuc kentucky. the average family income is just over $42,000. that's well below the national average. the high school graduation rate in covington is 78%. that is below the national average. t.j. holmes is traveling with the cnn election bus and joins us now from covington. hey, t.j. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you. you talked about some of the numbers, the idea what's happening here in kentucky. also ali talking about the stimulus. all of that and our travels so far this week, i have to be honest with you. this trip has been a little disheartening and discouraging because we are finding the same thing at each spot. it is not necessarily the high unemployment rate. people trying to find jobs. and being discouraged by that. it is that people have just thrown up their hands about washington. i can't believe the number of people i have run into who don't even want to vote, don't care to vote. and even if they do vote they think they are picking for the lesser of two evils. it has been unbelievable how
much people are just turned off by washington. i wouldn't even call it anger necessarily i'm finding towards washington. people are just saying oh, well, i'm going to get hosed one way or another. they just don't believe in anything coming out of d.c. you talk about the president coming out with another -- some call it stimulus plan. something else to try to jump start the economy is and get more people to work and spend money. we talked stimulus here last night as well in covington. talked about the first one and if another one could possibly work. intrusive, in your life too much? >> yeah. >> yes, i do. >> how so? >> that's all i ever do is write checks for the government. >> reporter: stimulus help out, would you all say, last year? >> helped out temporarily. i think it was a temporary fix. it might have been necessary at the time. i don't know. who knows? it is all hindsight. >> i put a new turn yaz in.
>> reporter: it helped you out. >> i still owe the government. but i got the $1,500. i don't know how it helped. >> taxpayers here to the federal government, a great deal that are first time home buyers. now no one is buying a house. they are waiting for the next one. if you continue to wait for the government every time for help, it -- it causes a lag in what's going on with the businesses. >> reporter: good people. good spirits. good conversation. but at the same time, they are under no illusions about what's happening in the country and one more note here for you, another state, unemployment picture of 9.9%. would you believe that's the last number they had the last month? but you know, that's encouraging news because it is below 10% for the first time this year. at the same time, they say it is down because people have given up and stopped looking for jobs. they are leaving the labor
force. not that more jobs are coming to the area. a flavor of what we have been finding this week. >> we will keep following your travels. t.j., thanks. the cnn election bus is on the road all week. jessica yellin and john king, gloria borger, t.j., dane bash are in covington, kentucky today. tomorrow the team will report from indianapolis. house after house up in flames. firefighters battling 85 fires in p just a four-hour period.
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cross-country starting in detroit. firefighters battling 85 fires that erupted in a four-hour period. one resident said the scene was so horrific it looked like a war zone. high winds knocked down power lines causing most of the fires. dozens of homes were destroyed. there were no reports of death or injuries. we are told arson is suspected in at least one of the fires. let's move west to colorado. out-of-control wildfire burned more than 90 buildings from homes to outhouses.
the blaze broke out monday west of boulder. quickly spread charring 7,000 acres. apparently people in at least 70 subdivisions were forced to evacuate. the governor has declared a state of emergency. ca casey, any idea when things will improve? >> reporter: we are getting a break from the weather so far in morning. the winds are down and humidity is up. there may even be rain this afternoon. that's a 30% chance of rain in the forecast. that's all good news. authorities here are telling the residents who have been evacuated from their homes in the fire-ravaged communities behind me that it is too early, still too dangerous to go back. and may be for the next couple days. already some residents are finding out they are not going to have homes to return to. steve and dee spencer their home in the community of shun shine 25 years ago. >> it is 2400 square feet, three bedroom, two bathroom, and we
built it. we designed it ourselves. >> reporter: today it lives only in their camera. reduced to ashes by colorado's wildfire. orange and obscure. there's a really weird light. >> very eerie. very spooky. >> it was all smokey. >> reporter: there is never a good time to lose your house. but this is particularly bad for the spencers. >> i was working on a deck because we were landscaping and building an outdoor study for our son's wedding which, you know, is a week and a half from now. >> the reception dinner was going to be at our house. >> reporter: then came the reverse 911 call instructing the spencers to evacuate. >> we casually packed up the important things we value. which turned out wasn't very much. we would have packed more. >> we thought we would go back. >> reporter: when did you find out that your house was in trouble? >> last night. >> last night one of our neighbors called and said she had a call from somebody who had stayed in sunshine and had
walked and saw the house burned to the ground. >> it still feels really surreal. >> it doesn't sink in until we have visual confirmation. it is hard to sink in. >> reporter: that may take days. >> let's go see our new house. >> reporter: the spencers already are looking for a local house to rent. one with space for their son's wedding reception. >> both of our sons, dustin and noah, said, we have each other. our familiar sly safe. we are close. >> our youngest son, a junior in college, we called him last night to tell him the house had burned down, he paused and said "bummer." there is a new beginning for every end. i don't want to diminish it. the joy of this marriage. couple of special people that found love and are going to celebrate that. that's what we will focus on.
>> reporter: clearly it is early but the spencers say they will probably rebuild. this time a more fire proof house. they do have fire insurance. hopefully the financial hit will not be too severe. kyra? >> casey, thanks. angelina jolie puts a face on pakistan's devastating floods. her stories and interview next. [humming] ooh! here we go.
infrastructure spending. hermine is a tropical depression expected to dump a lot of rain in oklahoma, kansas and missouri. it came ashore as a tropical storm dumping up to ten inches of rain. the man to build a mosque by ground zero says the project will go forward. imam feisal abdul rauf wrote about his plans in an op-ed for "the new york times." imam will answer your questions tonight on "larry king live." he will talk with cnn's soledad o'brien in an exclusive interview. you won't see it anywhere else. 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn.
hundreds of thousands of people at risk. one veteran has asked the responder says he has never seen a more devastating situation. actress and goodwill ambassador and humanitarian, angelina jolie is in pakistan to bring attention to the people affected by the flooding. she visits a camp where afghan refugees are staying. earlier this morning she spoke to our dr. sanjay gupta. >> you bring so much awareness of what's happening there. why do you think people haven't paid as much attention to what's happening in pakistan? >> people have a fatigue in general when it comes to disaster relief. if can i say that the thing that i learned the most in being here is that we tend to focus on one issue at a time because that seems to be what people can absorb and care for. pakistan, as you know, is so complex. it has not just the people that are affected now but the 1.7 million afghan people who are here. they have been displaced from the flood. >> you may have found this as well in your travels.
we tend to think of these places as over there. somewhere else. not here. when you go and i was there as well, i mean, you meet people. they are real faces and stories behind these crazy high numbers. raymond and zainu gold are two people you met. how did you meet them and what did they tell? >> you always say the same things to the viewer which is that they would be so moved if they were here. it is so true. if they met all these children who are so resilient, so full of life and love and full of hope, it is so moving. this was very unique for me because i met this beautiful older couple who are in their 70s and worked their whole lives and the man had been in the pakistani military twice and he had been lived off of a pension and with that small pension he built this home and his family and grandchildren. it was very modest to begin with. he had something. and now they have both -- they are dealing with sickness and in
the tape the woman so embarrassed with her situation. the man spoke of the fact he never felt in his lifetime he is ever going to be able to recuperate. he would never again have nice things, a nice bed a nice house. and they lived in this place since 1972. and raised their children and their grandchildren there. in a moment, a few hours, it was completely gone. >> if you want to help the relief effort in pakistan, head to our website. you will find a list of 20 charity groups where you can impact your world. bp released the internal report on the gulf oil disaster. passing blame on to several other companies, including the rig's other than. we will take a closer look.
the economy, it's your top concern and wall street. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. we saw some hopes in last week's reports. right? >> we did. wall street is expecting good news as the opening bell rings. stocks are set to rise. some of that could be from a bounceback from yesterday's sell-off. oftentimes when stocks are lower it is more of an incentive to buy back into the market. as you mentioned we are going to get a look at the fed's beige book later today. what that does is break down how the economy is doing region by region and last month most regions said that the economy was improving or at least holding steady. if we do get the same thing today it will most likely boost the market because investors still have last week's economic reports fresh in their minds. we had a good manufacturing report and jobs report was definitely better than expected.
that's definitely the direction we want to go in. we have good news for bp. ratings agency upgraded the oil company's rating today. the agency says that there's more clarity on bp's liability and there isn't any threat of another spill in the gulf. bp shares right now are up about 3%. overall for the market the dow industrials up 16. nasdaq higher by 7. we will keep an eye on all the numbers for you especially when president obama has his speech later today. kyra? >> all right. we are going to be watching that speech, of course. thanks so much. we will all be monitoring it. for many americans there's no issue more important than the economy right now. president obama apparently shares that priority. alison just mentioned, later today he will roll out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump st t starting the anemic economy. the white house says that 1.5 million companies could take advantage of the incentives. that plan would budget $100
billion in tax credits for business research and development. the goal of the proposals is to get business tows spend money and create jobs. for those outside of the business community, $50 billion would be set aside to improve roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. the president's plan faces tough scrutiny on capitol hill. incumbek earlier on "american morning," john roberts spoke with david axelrod. he said americans could see almost immediate benefits from the plan to revamp the nation's infrastructure. >> what we are talking about is front loading a larger six-year surface transportation program so that this would be the beginning of the program and we believe that it allows us to rebuild hundreds of thousands of miles of roads of railways and of runways and jump start the construction industry in this country which has been the
hardest hit in this recession. >> also today, president obama's expected to argue that the bush tax cuts should remain in place for the middle class but expire for the wealthiest americans. nearly five month, the word agonized over what caused the bp oil rig explosion that triggered the historic gulf oil disaster. would hours ago the company released details of its own internal investigation in which reads in part multiple companies and work teams contributed to the april 20 explosion aboard the deep water horizon offshore oil rig. what else does the report say? that's why we are turning to ed lavandara for that. ed? >> good morning. there's no question that many people -- many critics of bp will view this as another public relations attempt to blunt the criticism of bp and the way it handled this investigation and also in the aftermath of this oil disaster in the gulf of mexico. but this report released a couple of hours ago, as you
mentioned, this is bp's internal. their own investigation into this. they acknowledged from the very beginning of this report that they do not have access to all of the information and that they acknowledged that other reports might have contradictory information. that's looking ahead here towards the government investigation involving the coast guard. that report isn't due out until late in december. some of the significant things we have seen point over, 193-page report, which also includes an almost 30-minute long video analysis and demonstration of what bp says happened in this explosion. essentially what we are hearing is similar to what bp has been saying over the last few months. it is not just bp's fault but also involves the problems and the fault of other companies like transocean which owned the rig -- oil rig and halliburton which was responsible for the cementing process that should have secured in the natural gas and oil that came to the surface and essentially caused this rig. it will be interesting to see
how those companies react. you can imagine their officials are poring over this report as well. many people not only in the government are going over what bp has said here. one significant thing in -- gets to the point of what exactly caused the explosion itself which killed 11 people. according to this report they say that gas made its way into the oil rig and that it should have been sent overboard but it went into the oil sxrig probably through the ventilation system, went into the engine rooms. that's where the trigger for the explosion of bp says probably came from. i will be interesting to see how the reaction comes out the rest of the day today. >> indeed it will. ed, thanks. can't tear yourself away from facebook? obsessed with endless status updates and posting photos? one study says you are insecure and narcissistic. to germany's nurburgring to challenge ourselves on the most demanding track in the world. with us, in spirit, was every great car
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♪ ♪. you are so vain. you are so right. according to a study about people addicted to facebook. the study at canada's york university found people with very high self-interests are more on pace book. they self-promote. put their entire lives, even the most significant parts. all on public display. the study documented 100 chronic facebook users and labeled them insecure and narcissistic. >> we took a step back and said this person is literally posting every single thing they are doing online. you have to sort of question why, you know. why are they doing that? obviously you are getting something out of it. >> who is facebooking this morning? josh levs. facebooking. obsessed with his updates. where is our rob marciano? oh. rob marciano, facebooking.
imagine that. what insignificant information are you put our page? >> you know, i'm looking at the insignificant things other people put on the -- no. i love this. it is wonderful stuff. oh. nice. >> josh just looks liking at himself. >> josh loves this photo. he enjoys that photo very much. goodness. >> thumbs up on that pic, josh. >> okay. as josh continues to look at himself and see how handsome he is, rob -- >> in my defense i haven't updated my facebook in -- >> 20 minutes? >> twitter, on the other hand -- now, you can follow me on twitter. come on. coffee, brush my teeth, everything you want to know. >> how about the weather, pal? >> let's get on with that. good fun, good times. lots of useful information on
twitter. i am a fan. i promise you not to bore you with the insignificant stuff. all right. this is significant. we have some serious rain heading through texas. this is all leftovers from hermine which has been pretty hairy the past 12 to 24 hours. we are talking about swift water rescues and places like whitney, texas. and new brunsfield. all of this is heading towards dallas. i wanted to make sure i didn't miss anything here. these are the rainfall totals. this is as of 6:00 this morning. some of these numbers are a lot higher. over ten inches of rain in austin, texas. just outside of austin. you can bet these numbers are higher now. ft. hood, seeing 8 1/2 inches. this is the forecast from our forecast models. anything in white, right up i-35, plus 6 inches. that's why we have flash flood watches and warnings posted for this area. anything in red is not good. that's where the counties that were flash flooding is occurring
at least in local spots. and that's going to continue the next few hours until we get the stream of moisture more into oklahoma and into parts of the plains. not a whole lot of moisture getting into parts of jersey. this is the same front that came through detroit that fanned the flames. so we have red flag warnings posted for this area. low humidity and once this dry front comes through, just a couple of showers with this, once this moves through, it is going to be pretty breezy. just be aware of that. don't play with matches. boston, new york, you may see delays because of the windy conditions. if you get stuck, you can always get on facebook or twitter. >> thank you, rob. let's check our top stories. new study rates the safety qualities of booster seats and for the first time top performers outnumbered worst performers. one problem persists, lap and shoulder belts don't fitly enough on some brands. president obama unveils new proposes to jump start the economy in a cleveland speech. he will call for $350 billion in
tax cuts and credits to businesses and another $50 billion in infrastructure spending. imam says the project will go forward. imam feisal abdul rauf wrote about his plans in the open evidence for "the new york times." he will your questions tonight on "larry king live." he will talk with cnn's soledad o'brien in an exclusive interview. you won't site anyplace else. tonight 9:00 eastern.
tell us what's crossing the wires. crossing not just the wires but crossing everything. >> you got it. online, on tv. everywhere. take a look at this. this is hot on the ticker. former president bill clinton is heading home, native arkansas. he will be helping out senator lincoln who has a rufr re-election this year. clinton went back to ark this year and helped lincoln win a tough primary challenge and now face as real tough challenge against a republican. also on the particular they are morning, check this out. the republicans have been going after house speaker nancy pelosi. using her in ads. calling her way too liberal and attacking her agenda. we have brand-new poll numbers out on pelosi. what do americans think about her? 33% have a favorable opinion of her. 51% unfavorable. look at the unfavorable. it definitely jumped from 30% in 2007 to 51% now. also, this story was a blockbuster yesterday. this is mayor daley of chicago
announcing yesterday on the steps of city hall he won't run for re-election next year. remember, daley has been mayor since 1989. his father served for over 20 years. now all of the speculation is looking at the chief of staff of the white house, rahm emanuel. former chicago congressman. also grew up in the area. will he run for mayor? he talked about doing it. yesterday he put out a statement saying mayor daley's announcement was a surprise. he has to act soon. you have to register to run by november 22nd. the election is in february of next year. the heat is on. >> i wonder who would replace rahm emanuel. what will the president do? >> that's the other big guessing game. who will replace him as chief of staff with the midterm a few weeks away? a lot of buzz out there. >> we are watching it with you. reminder for the latest political news, go to our website, cnnpolitics.com. apparently money can buy happiness. it only takes about $75,000 a
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don't know. i have to sit and wait for six months. >> how awful that she and other women did their part, empowered patients that they are, but were betrayed this way. as you heard from her, the faith shaken. that lab tech has been indicted on 20 charges, but the d.a.'s office says more than 1200 mammogram cases were mishandled. next month is breast cancer awareness month. there's a great website, nbcam.org. check it out, and remember it's important to get the mammogram and follow-up. hey there, kyra. take a look at a peaceful imam who has become the eye of the storm. that's here in new york coming up. and president obama in just a few hours set to unveil hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax breaks for businesses, but, bottom line,
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♪ can't buy me love we all know that you can't buy me love, but can you buy happiness? apparently for 75 grand a year, you can! joining us from new york to talk about this magical number to happiness, time magazine's editor at large, belinda lekcomb. $75,000 a year, be people are okay with that. why is it the magical number?
>> it's not so much that everybody is happy, but if you make $100,000 a year or $75,000 a year, money doesn't make you any happier. after $75,000, the amount of happiness that money brings you levels out and becomes more about how your life is going, but 75 seems to be the amount you need for none make you happy. >> interesting. all right, so you talk about different types of happiness in this article. so, what did you discover and what did you find the most interesting? >> well, the two princeton university economists, one of whom has a nobel prize, so we want to believe him, says there are two types of happiness. there's the kind of happiness where you wake up in the morning and feel cheerful and good about yourself and money doesn't improve that after 75,000, and there's the sort of happiness where you wake up and think, is my life going the way i want it to go, how do i feel about
myself, that kind of tony robins kind of happiness. that improves the more money you make. you feel better about your bad self-if you are making $110,000. the $75,000 that's the day-to-day how am i feeling cheerfulness. >> those who wake up happy at 75 grand and don't need the 300 grand or million dollars to make them happy, what is it that's making them okay with that amount of money because it seems nowadays, that's all people talk about? how much can i save or put away for kids or need to get out of debt. >> the survey looked at people's attitude and didn't exactly examine what it was that made them happy, but the two professors who wrote it speculate that at $75,000, depending on what city you live in, i guess, you can do what you
want to do. if you want to hang out with friends, you have money to do it. if you can afford to buy a new fridge, you are usually pretty happy about the way you feel about yourself. that $75,000 gives you a little wiggle room. we know that poverty makes the problems you have worse. people who make less money feel worst about being divorced or being sick. $75,000 is where that is alleviated. >> you seem like a pretty happy person. are you happy with your salary? are you happy when you wake up every morning? >> you know, like i say, the whole self-esteem thing, the more you make. i think i could definitely use some more self-esteem. >> i will talk to your boss in about 20 minutes. thank you so much. >> thank you. well, developing news -- out of los angeles right now, police are bracing for a third day of violent protests after an
officer shot and killed a guatemalan day laborer who was reportedly carrying a 95. hundreds of demonstrators gathered near downtown, throwing anything they could find at police. they took rocks, bottles, eggs. protesters have been out in force in rallies triggered by the death of a man. two dozen people were arrested in overnight protest, and officers reportedly fired foam rounds at the ground to restore order. meanwhile, l.a. leaders are calling for calm. the mayor is urging residents not to resort to violence saying quote we need to calm the waters, and charlie beck told the police commission that the
officer who fired did so in immediate defense of life and he promised the investigation would be as transparent as possible. in all of the controversy and heated passions over the islamic center and mosque planned near ground zero, we haven't heard from the imam in charge of the place. imam feisal abdul rauf wrote a request editorial for the "new york times" and said that the project will go forward with separate prayer areas for muslims, christians, jews and others. he says, these efforts by radicals that distortion and danger of our national security and personal security of americans worldwide. this is why americans must not back away from completion of this project. if we do, we see the discourse and our future to radicals on both sides and says the wonderful outpouring of our right to build the community center seriously undermines the ability of anti-american radicals to recruit young
impressionable muslims in falsely claiming that americans persecute muslims for their faith. deborah feyerick has more on this man. >> reporter: if you have never heard him speak, this is what imam feisal abdul rauf has to say. >> the major theme in islam is the oneness of god, and that we should worship one god, love and adore the one god. >> reporter: people who know him say he's a voice of moderation. the state department -- >> his work on tolerance and diversity is well known. >> reporter: the developer of the controversy islamic center near ground zero. >> here is someone who sacrificed his life to building bridges. >> reporter: how would you describe him? is he a threat? >> faisal is from my point of view, mr. mellow. >> reporter: she a sufi muslim,
at the other end of the islamic spectrum from the radical theology that feeds groups like al qaeda. >> she a sufi in background, which means one perceives, if you will, a more spiritual mystical path. he is somebody who would found terrorism and religious extremist as abhorrent. he's run a mosque in this area for years and years. >> reporter: that mosque is ten blocks from ground zero, and has co-existed peacefully in the tribeca neighborhood for 28 years. >> he has integrated himself into the community. >> reporter: according to his biography, imam feisal abdul rauf was born in kuwait in 1948 into an egyptian family steeped in religious scholarship. in 1997, he founded the nonprofit american society for muslim advancement. it's mission described on its website as strengthening an auth threatic expression of islam
based on cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration. several years later he founded the cordoba institute. he writes how american muslims can help bridge the divide. the state department noticed, sending him as a cultural ambassador on four trips to the middle east, most recently this summer. >> they try to get people who reflect the best aspects of moran society. >> reporter: he is often asked to speak at meetings like this. he was criticized after 9/11 saying u.s. supported oppressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks and claims his comments were taken out of context. he says as a bridge builder, he can't recognize hamas as terrorists. as for the proposed islamic center and mosque near ground zero, he says, that, too, is about bridges.
>> this is also our expression of the 99.999% of muslims all over the world including in america who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism. this is about our stand as the muslim community and being part of this community. >> so, deb -- >> reporter: there are more details about him. i wanted to mention, also, this is a man who has a degree in physics from columbia, university, and to give you a sense of his family, his dad was leader of a mosque in washington, d.c. known as the embassy row mosque and his father also was president of the islamic university in malaysia. so he has a really long and really prestigious history, comes from a prominent family. >> so why has he been demonized like this? >> reporter: the issue of the mosque at ground zero has been so divisive, so polarizing, that many questions are being raised almost in the absence of fact.
people aren't saying, well, we have done research and we find he's getting money from this person and that person and this person. the question is put out there, where is the money coming from? so it raises the image, the impression there is something nefarious at play, when, in fact, there isn't. he's been serving the community in tribeca. the people are so surprise thads this has taken on such a large and polarizing tone because they wanted to build something that was very similar to a cultural center. so they're sort of in the fight of this right now. >> deb, thanks. the imam will be answering more of your questions tonight 9:00 eastern on "larry king live." he will talk to soledad o'brien in an exclusive interview that you won't see any place else. you can bet that soledad will probably ask him about the florida pastor that is planning to purn the koran on september 11th. he said yesterday that that fire
is still ago, even though the commander in afghanistan says that could put troops in danger. secretary of state hillary clinton says something good it coming from this. religious and political leaders are coming together to say this is wrong. >> we sit down together for this meal on a day when the news is carrying reports that a pastor down in gainesville, florida, plans to burn the holy koran on september 11th. i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths, from evangelical christians to jewish rabbis as wells a secular u.s. leaders and opinion makers. >> mrs. clinton was speaking last night at a dinner celebrating ramadan. later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts for businesses.
his goal is to create jobs and jump start spending. staggering price tag -- $350 billion. $200 billion in tax cuts for businesses to purchase new equipment, another $100 billion in tax credits for business, research and development, and 50 billion would be spent on roads, bridges and other infrastructure. cnnmoney.com's poppy harlow will join us with a closer look. president obama unveils his economic plan on the road in hopes of winning the cfc onfide of voters. we are talking to voters in covington, kentucky. the average family income there is just over $42,000, well below the national average and the high school graduation rate in covington, 78%, that, too, below the national average. t.j. holmes is joining us live now from covington.
>> reporter: good morning to you, once again, kyra. you talked about kind of this area and the economic picture. they are going to hear from the president once again today, like the rest of the country, about help that can come to them. they've heard it all before, and just like ohio where we were yesterday, the same thing happened after the president passed the last stimulus package, the unemployment rate went up, from in the 9s to 10.4, 10.7, and 10.8. so people here are understandably skeptical. we're going to hear from the president again, yes, today, and some of the folks here in covington, would like the folks in washington to hear from them. if you all got to stand up before congress and every single member of congress, including the vice president and president were in that room and you got to speak to them directly, what would you say to them, if you had their attention? >> you need to help the middle
class people and the poor people. forget the upper class. they're fine. >> why are you a representative in this government? why are you here? do you what you were elected to do, and that's to help people, help further the united states government, help people. it's not a job. it's a service. and do what is right. >> reporter: now, there are a lot of things that are going to stick with us on this trip, things we'll remember. one of the things i'll remember is a 50-year-old guy telling us on this trip he never voted in his life, never will, turned off by the process. another guy who said he's not registered, not going to register, wants nothing to do with it. that last guy there, matt, will stick with you, a reminder, it is not a job. it's a service. i thought he put it so well yesterday and makes us stop and think, it's not about having a
job as a politician. you're doing a service. you're supposed to serve, and a lot of people feel that's not on the top of the minds of the folks in washington. we'll share more of our conversation throughout the day with the election express bus. we have the whole crew here. >> that's right. sure do. we'll follow your trip across country. they'll be on the road all week, carrying the best political team on television. jessica yellin, john king, gloria borger and dana bash, all in kentucky today. 85 fires in just four hours. homes up in flames, power lines down, a dangerous mix, stretching detroit firefighters to the absolute limit.
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have been knocking down power lines, causing yesterday's fires and fueling the flames. dozens of homes destroyed. no reports of deaths or injuries. arson is suspected in one fire. in colorado, an out of control fire has burned more than 90 buildings. it charred some 6,000 acres, and people in at least 70 subdivisions were required to evacuate and may not be allowed to return for days. the governor has declared a state of emergency. hermine has weakened to a tropical depression but the remnants are bringing rain and floods from central to missouri. am i saying it right? >> it's very french. the realm nan remnants are doin.
a lot of tropical storms get bogged down in texas and rain out there, and for a state that often can be very, very dry, if you roll the dice during hurricane season, they get very, very wet. that's what's happened here. another flash flood warning just came in for denton and cook county near dallas. dallas getting into the act here with the national weather service saying another two to three inches possible over the next couple of hours with the line of cells rolling in through here. dallas getting hit hard here. it's been a mess all day long. i can imagine what rush hour was like. in through plano and northwest to denton and over towards oklahoma as well. these are the areas that we're looking for potentially more flooding. flash flood watches and warnings, the red areas that have warnings under them and that will continue for the next day or two. across the northeast you may see
gusty winds. a red flag area as a dry front comes through, the one that came through detroit and fanned the flames there. same system that rolled through boulder and brought the dry winds through that area. >> they don't have enough firefighters in detroit. it's been a struggle there nor years, the number of firefighters, and you have a bad economy. tough situation for them. >> more calm there now. >> that's good. more jobs, more spending, more money out of your pocket. we will break down the $350 billion price tag of president's new economic plan. hey, did you ever finish last month's invoices?
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president obama is set to unveil $350 billion worth of new proposals aimed at jump starting the economy. 200 billion alone is all about getting companies to buy new equipment. poppy harlow joins us from new york. how would this work? >> another big injection of capital by the president. he's talking to big businesses here saying, look, we want you to spend. but what exactly does this mean? let's that a look here. let's say a company wants to spend $10 million to build a factory. they can write it off their taxes for up to 20 year es. that saves them about $00,000 a year on taxes. the president wants to say, okay, big business, you should spend that money, and i'm going to let you write that entire $10
million off your taxes this year. the whole aim is to say instead of having $00,000 extra cash on hand to invest in other products, you have $10 million on hand this year and next year. you have to get it through congress first. this is very political as we have talked about yesterday and today. this really, probably if it gets through congress, going to help big businesses more than small businesses because small businesses can already write off about a quarter million dollars a year on investments they make. big businesses right now are the ones that are probably really going to benefit from this, and, of course, you have critics out there saying, this is a temporary boost, another stimulus-like injection. this won't increase hiring in the long run, but, interestingly, this is also the president saying to this opponents, republicans, look, here i am trying to cut taxes and invest in big businesses.
it should help big businesses and give them a lot more money to spend right now, rather than having to wait and deduct it off the taxes over 20 years. >> we want to talk about job creation, too. can giving big businesses a tax break like this actually create jobs? >> it can, and i bet we'll hear the president say it will create jobs. he will speak about 2:00 eastern time from ohio. it will give businesses if it gets through congress more money. businesses, some of them have record cash on their balance sheets right now, and they're happens not hiring. another thing this could do is if companies are buying more equipment, computers, for example, for the office, could put more demand out there so the companies who make computers can hire more workers but some of the critics are already coming out and saying this morning before the official announcement this could mean more and more investment in technology that replaces the human workers. so this is not directly a jobs bill. this a tax proposal, a proposed
tax cut. whether or not it means direct hiring, we're still to see. critics of the stimulus say that didn't result in the long-term hiring that people wanted to see. but, again, we will hear the president outline it in detail about 2:00. kyra. >> thanks, poppy. we are going to bring you president obama's speech live on the economy. supposed to happen live from cleveland about 2:10 p.m. eastern time. angelina jolie wants you to know how much people in pakistan are suffering.
the causes of the gulf oil disaster. the company is laying much the blame on rig owner transocean and cementing contractor halliburton. bp also criticizes its own team for misreading a pressure test. an investigation into a threat on a plane is moving forward. someone wrote on a larger to mirror there was a bomb on board. investigators found no bomb. tourists from 36 nations have to pay a travel fee to visit the u.s. most of the $14 fee goes to promoting the u.s.s a a tourist destination. severe floods ravaging pakistan and disease putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk. dr. sanjay gupta just returned from pakistan. angelina jolie says after watching sanjay's reports, she went to pakistan to see things
for herself. >> you bring so much awareness to what's happening there. why do you think people haven't paid as much attention to what's happening in pakistan? >> i think people have a fatigue in general when it comes to disaster relief, but, if i can say, the thing i learned the most in being here is we tend to focus on one issue at a time because that seems to be what people can absorb and care for but pakistan is so complex because it has not just the people from the flood and the 18 million affected now but the 1.7 million afghan people who are here. >> we tend to think of these places as over there, somewhere else, not here. but when you go and i was there as well -- i mean, you meet people. there are real faces and people behind the numbers. you met two people. tell me about them. how did you meet them? what did they tell you?
>> we go to the places and you always say the same things to the viewer, which is they would be so moved if they were here, and it's true, and if they met the children who are resilient and full of life and love and hope, and it's always so moving, and this was very unique for me because i met this beautiful older couple who are in their 70s, and they worked their whole lives, and the man had been in the pakistani military twice and lived off a pension, and with that small pension built this home and for his family and grandchildren. it was modest but he had something and now they are both dealing with a lot of sickness, and as you see, i believe in the tape, the woman is so embarrassed with her situation, and the man spoke of the fact that he never felt in his lifetime he's ever going to be able to recuperate what he's lost that he would never ever have again nice things, have a nice bed, a nice house. and they have lived in this
place since 1972 and raised their children and their grandchildren there, and in a moment, in a few hours, it was completely gone. and they are really good people. really just kind, wonderful, hard-working older people who will pass away most likely in this mud-covered area, which is so covered with dirt and feces in the river nearby and so covered in flies and doesn't have the dignity that they deserve to live in, that anyone deserves to live in. >> it's heart breaking to hear that and that they are embarrassed to tell you about that. i don't know how that makes somebody feel. i traveled through camps, angelina where i saw kids in the tents in camps doing their homework, and being a father as well, it just really got at me because they have dreams and aspirations and hopes, and those are spread throughout the world evenly. are you optimistic about the
next generation of pakistan. it is a young country that has been devastated so many times now as you just mentioned. >> i think we have no choice but to be optimistic. without that we're just lost and things deteriorate. i think it is -- you know, this part of the world, they are resilient people. think of all they have been hit with, and they continue to move on, rebuild, trade, educate, to learn. they're really trying, and they have fought through a lot and they'll continue to fight through, and that goes for the afghani people as well. we have to support them, and for the people who are worried about conflict in this part of the world and feel like it's far away or not sure they understand the corruption or for all of this, the only way to make for a healthier, more hopeful, stronger pakistan and afghanistan is to help support education, is to help people, especially in this time of need and not just allow for more
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students are flooding back to college campuses, getting ready for the new school year, and there's plenty of focus on academics, social activities, and, of course, freedom from the parents, right? here's one thing you are probably not thinking about. the yesterday says one in four college women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape before they get their diploma. only 5% will report it to police.
a joufrl journalism student filed this story. >> he teld me down, and he took my hand. i was holding onto my pants as tightly as i could and push him off me. >> i just cried, and i don't a really know how long it lasted because i kind of blanked it out. >> the next day he sent me a facebook message saying for anything that happened, i'm sorry. i don't remember. i was really [ bleep ] up. >> he sent me a message on facebook and told me that he didn't want anything to did with me anymore. >> i felt like i needed to take my body back, if that makes any sense. i needed to be in control and i was going to pick and choose who i kiss and i was going to pick and kwhoos i did. i was going to be in control of my life. >> i have to relive that every
time something goes wrong or i don't feel in control or i feel uncomfortable. even just going out and having a guy come up behind me and put his hands on me and wanting to just dance is the most disgusting feeling in the world for me because i feel so violated. >> wow. caitlin keller is one of the students in that documentary, a rape survivor, and a senior at the university of missouri, and laura hackman is here also. caitlin, let's start with you. how do you even recover from something like this? i know this documentary was therapeutic for you, and you're getting your story out there, but i know it was not an easy road for you at all. >> it definitely wasn't easy. it wasn't a quick fix. i joined the relationship and sexual violence center on campus
through the social justice lounge and that really, really helped me because it helped me figure out and learn about this issue that i didn't really know much about before that. so it was a long process. the documentary helped, but it was really just like educating myself that brought me through the issue. >> and, katlin, before you left for college, such a different time now. that thought never entered my mind when i went away to school. did your parents discuss with you at all that boys can be aggressive, this might happen, how you have to be careful as you go off on your own? >> they mention a few things like watch your drink when you go out, be careful, be safe, be with friends, but i don't think they understood and neither did i understand the preservalence this issue and i was safe and i was with friends and my
perpetrator was good friend of mine. i think it's a lack of education in our society where people don't understand the degree to how often this occurs. >> that's interesting. you say it the perpetrator was a good prend of yours. how did this happen to you? why would he do this to you? >> i ask myself the same question every day. i have no idea. i think it's a lot of misunderstandings in society, and i don't think people understand the issue as well as they could. i still don't think to this day that the perpetrator knows what he did to his full impact. i think it's a lack of understanding and education. >> and, you know, whatever you're comfortable saying here, but i'll be blunt. was it the type of situation where there was alcohol or drugs, and he didn't really -- was he out of control? kind of tell me what do you think it was that contributed to that moment, if you could go back and go, wow, this is what i
would tell gals my age this is the situation you don't want to get into? >> yeah, no, definitely. alcohol was involved. i wasn't nearly as drunk as he was from what i can sbrb what i can recall. but, yeah, it was definitely one of those situations that i trusted him and i didn't think it would lead to what it actually led to, but he was very drunk and much more forceful than i ever experienced around anyone in my life. so when it came down to it, i thought it was just like a friendly encounter, and he got very forceful and it went bad very quickly. >> and, laura, you are in charge of the relationship and sexual violence prevention program there at the university. why was that started? was it because you were seeing an increase in situations like what happened to katlyn? does the university have to do something to try and prevent
this? >> actually, when we started the program on our campus, it was many years ago and really even before we talked about relationship and vex wall violence to the level that we do now. we started the program just because we had heard a few survivors going to the counseling center, to the residence hall staff, back in the day when people really weren't talking about that. this swroun been a topic on cnn back then. the program has grown and developed, and we have a full-time staff there and a great group of student volunteers and peer ed cares. it's grown over the years, but it wasn't started in response to what we saw as a big crisis. we were just trying to be helpful. >> laura, there were a number of other reports that kim out in the past couple of years that universities don't want a tarnished reputation. they don't want parents hearing that rapes happen on their campus. other universities, the members of security were handling it
differently, not reporting it to outside police. there was a lot of shifty things going on because they didn't want that kind of public attention. how are you, you know, taking this on and being up front and bold and honest about this subject matter? >> sure. well, rape and sexual assault happen everywhere in our society, not just on college campuses, and it's really important to talk about it, and on our campus the approach we have always taken and had strong institutal support is to be honest about it and say, yes, it happens here, it happens everywhere, here's what we are doing to educate the cam put about it, and here's the support we provide for survivors and friends. we talk to the parents when they come to campus in the summer with their students before they start school. we have a session with our parents along with the wellness center and police department talk about safety issues on campus and talk about rape and sexual assault. >> i'm assuming you have gotten
a lot of peace out of the program, and laura has been a tremendous help to you? >> yeah, definitely. everyone -- that's why i joined. i was kind of confused before i joined of what had actually happened to me, but being around people who are as supportive as this group is are tremendously helpful. i don't know where i would be without it. >> you are bold and brave to come forward and talk about this. i have so many friends with young daughters in college, and it's a shame that we have to address this and talk about this, but it's a reality, and we have got to educate other young women your age. i really appreciate you speaking out about it. thank you so much, katlyn, and, laura, fabulous program you are running on the campus, and thank you for being supportive of women going through this. >> thank you so much.
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all right, earlier this hour, we told you that secretary of state hillary clinton was criticizing that pastor in gainesville, florida, terry jones, who is planning to burn the koran on september 11th. clinton is talking more about him this morning. she did it while addressing the audience at the council on foreign relations. >> it's regrettable that a pastor in gainesville, florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan and get, you know, the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now. i mean, it doesn't in any way represent america or americans
or american government or american religious or political leadership. >> meantime, the imam behind the controversial plan to build a mosque and community center near ground zero says that the project will go forward. in a new york times editorial, he says he is awed by the level of i motions surrounding the issue. he will appear on "larry king live" tonight at 9:00 eastern. time now for cnn equals politics updates. dana bash, our best political team on television is checking things out for us. what's crossing the wires, dana? >> reporter: well, one of the biggest things we are looking at is the speech president obama is going to give just over the river here in the state of ohio. we're across the river in kentucky with the election express but what he's going to
do is try to allay the concerns we have been hearing as we traveled through pennsylvania, ohio and here, in kentucky, from voters and democrats saying, we just don't think that the white house, the democratic leadership is doing enough to address the bad economy and the lack of jobs. he's going to talk about $200 billion in corporate tax breaks and $100 billion for research and development, and $50 billion for infrastructure projects. at this point, reality check, it doesn't look like in the short term this is going to get anywhere on capitol hill but this is politics and rhetoric and reassuring people that he does have a plan. on the other side of the equation, we have the house republican leader, number two on our political ticker, john boehner, would be speaker in the republicans are successful in gets the majority in november. he is trying to get out ahead of
the president and make clear that he isn't just opposed to democrats but has plans. he is proposing two things. one is a freeze on spending, most government spending back to the levels of 2008, before the near $800 billion stimulus and many other proposals and laws that have come through, and, also, taxes. he wants to for two years freeze the tax rates at current levels. what that's about is the fact that he and other republicans have been saying all over the country, all over the country on the campaign trail, that he believe the bush tax cuts, particularly those for the wealthiest americans, should not expire as democrats and as the president campaigned on, and he's saying at least for two years, we should stop that. that's a major battleground on the campaign trail. speaking of john boehner, kyra, let's go to the third item on the ticker. a brand new cnn research poll on john boehner, the house minority
leader's approval rating. what's the opinion of him? favorable, 22%, not that high, but unfavorable is about the same, 23%. this is an interesting number, unsure, 55%. we are hearing this here, and i'm sure you are as well, people are so angry at politicians, maybe it's not a bad thing for john boehner that 55% of people are unsure. people are so angry at politicians, that's probably a good place to be right now. >> dana bash, in covington, kentucky, heading to indianapolis tomorrow with the best political team on television. we will have your next political update in about an hour. go to cnnpolitics.com. if you have trouble on the dance floor, psychologists may have found a way to help you. copd doesn't just make it hard to breathe...
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it's time for home and away, our daily tribute to our men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice in iraq and afghanistan. today we are lifting up private first class christopher macleod, killed three years ago this month in baghdad. his sergeant remembered his first mission, searching 100 houses for insurgents. he said, hey, new guys, are you all right? he yelled back, yes, this is what i signed up for. his mom joins us on the phone in texas to share more memories about her son. was he always this way, full of motivation, mom? >> yes, yes, he was. >> and where did that come from? >> i think probably his dad. >> his dad had a big influence on him? >> oh, yes, absolutely. >> i understand, too, that he was always motivated even as a
little boy when it came to making things for the people he loved and his family. he was quite gifted at woodworking. >> yes. >> okay. tell us about that. >> he had many different hobbies, and therefore for a while when he was young, he got into woodworking and would spend hours and hours on a machine with his wood, making all kinds of plaques and pictures and things constantly. he loved it. >> from what i understand, you're still sharing those gifts with friends and family members, passing them around,that right? >> yes. we consider these true treasures, so at christmastimes, sometimes we share the treasures with our loved ones. >> at 11, he actually made a boat? >> yes. somewhere christopher found some large chunkss of heavy styrofoam and he nailed them together with boards, and we have a pond in our backyard. i wasn't aware of what was going
on until after they had launched this boat onto this pond, and they were out there with sticks or boards, rowing it around, and, of course, it capsized. i seen crist mer and his friend derek swimming to the bank and laughing so hard they could barely swim. christoph christopher considered that a very good day. >> you had a panic attack and he thought he was a hero. those so typical of a rambunctious 11-year-old boy, wouldn't you say? >> yes. >> i understand, too, and this gave me chills, when his wife was remodelling the home in his childhood bedroom, you actually found a pair of his glasses, and i guess he's been wearing glasses since the first grade and this was another treasure to come across these? >> yes. he started wearing glasses around first grade, and everything went fine until around sixth grade when he
started disappearing one pair after another and we nover could find them. we didn't know what happened to the glasses. sheena was remodelling, and she came up and said, look what i found. crist mer had hid a brand new pair of his glasses, when he was 11, 12 years old, back behind the panelling in his bedroom. they're brand new. it's awesome. >> well, i understand that hundreds and hundreds of people showed up to his funeral and it was overwhelming to you, and i know you want to get a message out to all other parents that have to deal with this kind of grief. what is that? >> accept help, be gentle with yourself, be patient, go slow. don't expect too much from yourself and let others help you, and just take your time. it's going to get better. it just takes time. let god help you, and let people rally around you, lift you up
and help take care of you. it will be okay. you'll get better. >> i look at your sons little boys, your grandkids, landen and aidan, and they're lucky to have a grandmother like you. they are keeping the memory of your son alive on the fourth of july and on his birthday. >> we absolutely love them. >> thank you for talking about your son christopher. he served our country well. if you've got a son or brother or friend and you want to honor that individual, go to cnn.com/homeandaway and type in your service member's name in the upper right hand search field, pull up the profile and end us your thoughts and pictures, and we will keep the memory of your hero alive. as mie or seats that flip and fold with one hand. you could switch for up to 600 highway miles on a single tank of gas. or the hundred-thousand mile powertrain warranty.
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